Consider the following statements:
1. A meteor is a small space rock moving through a solar system.
2. Mercury planet is also known as the morning star
Q. Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
  • a)
    1 only
  • b)
    2 only
  • c)
    Both 1 and 2
  • d)
    Neither 1 nor 2
Correct answer is option 'D'. Can you explain this answer?

UPSC Question

Ankit Kumar
Nov 06, 2020
1-Meteors and Meteorites
At night, when the sky is clear and the moon is not there, we may sometimes see bright streaks of light in the sky. These are commonly known as shooting stars, although they are not stars. They are called meteors. A meteor is usually a small object that occasionally enters the earth’s atmosphere. At that time it has a very high speed. The friction due to the atmosphere heats it up. It glows and evaporates quickly. That is why the bright steak lasts for a very short time.
Some meteors are large and so they can reach the Earth before they evaporate completely. The body that
reaches the Earth is called a meteorite. Meteorites help scientists in investigating the nature of the material from which the solar system was formed.

2-Sometimes Venus appears in the eastern sky before sunrise. Sometimes it appears in the western sky just after sunset. Therefore it is often called a morning or an evening star, although it is not a star.

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